Logic Puzzles – See today’s logic puzzle in the SOAR folder. We completed “Baby Sitting” as a class, and I challenged the students to complete “Bookmobile independently. When I explained “Bookmobile,” I expected the students to correct their work and fix mistakes. Students who paid attention and corrected their work earned a higher mark for taking the time to correct the puzzle.
Chess – (Pawn Game & Knight’s Tour I paired the students based on ability and we played the “Pawn Game.” This chess drill gives students practice with pawn movement and strategy. We discussed thinking before we move and different strategies.
The Knight’s Tour is a single player game that teaches knight moves and strategy. Place 15/16 white pieces in one quadrant of the board. Place the black knight in a corner and make legal moves capturing all of the white pieces. The ultimate goal is to capture all pieces except one.
PBL – “How do I create an educational science game that parents and children will enjoy?” Student groups designed Lego creations and sketched/labeled their creation. Next week students will write a story and create a scene/props using their creation as a main character or setting in the story. Finally, students will act out their story for the class. Like Minecraft, we will read and discuss an article about the invention and success of Legos. This background knowledge helps as we become science game inventors/designers. (see pictures on FB).
Centers – My first teaching of Minecraft was a bit of a failure; therefore, I contacted Mr. O’Neill, a Minecraft teacher and Drew parent, and he joined our class for Minecraft exploration. The children and I had a blast exploring the same world, sharing our creations, and discovering fun and creativity.
Question It (creativity) – NA
What would you do? (creativity) – NA
Analogies – NA
Grades – I do not give number grades in SOAR. However, I give marks to let students and families know how their child tackled certain activities. Check+ = solved it easily and correctly, check = solved it with a mistake or question, check- = I’m still learning how to do this activity/task.